I had a great time seeing everyone, and enjoying the competition at the Dallas Invitational! Congratulations to everyone for their great performances! I had something a little different planned for today, so I hope you enjoy it!
I thought it would be cool for you guys to get the opinions and ideas of some other experienced and competitive quizzers, rather than just from me. So that led me, a couple of weeks ago (or maybe more like a month), to contact some of my quizzing friends from a few different districts and states, and ask them if they would like to help me out.
Being the awesome people they are, they got back to me with some super great answers! Huge thank you to you guys! So here we go....
1. How has quizzing positively affected you?
"Quizzing was a great opportunity for me to draw closer to God and learn more about Him and His Word. Instead of playing video games or watching TV, quizzing was a more positive way for me to use my free time." -Emily Benn
"It's helped deepen and expand my knowledge of the New Testament." -Josh Dunbar
"I think that my first three years of quizzing I studied the material because I wanted to do well at the quizzes. This year though I have found more meaning in the scripture I have learned, and God has shown me that I need to use quizzing towards His glory, not just performance." -Gabe Randall
"I think the most positive way quizzing has affected me is that it has given me the opportunity to learn God's Word in a really in-depth (and also really fun!) way." -Olivia
"Quizzing has helped me in two significant ways: 1) It made me fall in love with the Word of God. 2) It gave me the opportunity to meet people all over the world." -Jonathan Acre
2. Do you have any advice to share about your specialty question type?
"When I quizzed, my specialty was usually according to's. After memorizing a chapter, it helped me to review each individual verse and figure out all the multiple question and answer combinations. It was also useful for me to quote the verses after only hearing the references." -Emily Benn
"Study the unique words and know what chapters they're in." -Josh Dunbar (general questions)
"According to's are the hardest to learn, but they make the most impact on quizzes. You have to first memorize every chapter, and then I use flash cards to go over it and see if I can quote the verses from just the reference. It's not fun learning all of it, but then you can answer every type of question." -Gabe Randall
"If you are going to specialize in memory questions, one thing that helps me is to have the pre-jumps completely memorized. For example, if you jump on 'th-' you should be able to remember how many verses start with a 'th-' sound. That way, you don't waste any time searching for a verse that fits."
"My specialty was General questions. My advice would be to jump aggressively on questions that begin with 'what' or 'who'. Those questions have the tendency of being key more quickly than other types of general questions." -Jonathan Acre
3. What's the best way to prepare before quizzes?
"My tip is prayer. Quizzing is a lot of fun, but it is easy to get distracted by the competition part. Prayer is a helpful way to remind yourself of why you are quizzing and it helps give you awareness of how God can use you in the quiz." -Emily Benn
"Try and get 8+ hours of sleep the night before the quiz." -Josh Dunbar
"One and a half weeks before the quiz, you have to go out of your way to study. Study in the car, in the shower, when you wake up, and at lunch - I have always found my short term memory to be very good, so I just kinda cram everything in." -Gabe Randall
"Studying in the car on the way to a quiz meet is really helpful. Granted, it's not the most exciting thing to do, especially when all your friends are talking or playing games, but the extra study time will definitely come in handy during the meet. One of my favorite ways to study is to listen to the Scripture on the Bible app." -Olivia
"Take the week before the quiz to just review. Make sure everything you have worked on previously is solid. Also, eat protein for breakfast the day of the quiz. It helps with brain function." -Jonathan Acre
4. How do you balance school and quizzing?
"The main way you can balance your schoolwork and studying is by setting your priorities. Everyone makes time for the things they want to do. If you make schoolwork and studying your top priority, it will be easier for you to get them done." -Emily Benn
"Find a time that works best for studying each day, and make a study schedule." -Josh Dunbar
"I'd say just find a method that works for you. If you are very organized, make a schedule. For me, I just study whenever I can, but if I focus it's just as valuable." -Gabe Randall
"Lately I've been finding that managing both school and quizzing has been difficult. Although quizzing is important, I think God understands that school is a top priority, so don't feel badly if you find yourself falling behind in quizzing." -Olivia
"I never really found a trick for this. It just boils down to a matter of hard work and making quizzing a priority. If you want to be one of the best quizzers, then you have to put in the work. Sometimes that even means you lose some sleep." -Jonathan Acre
5. What would be one piece of advice you would give to new quizzers?
"New quizzers, don't be afraid to jump! Even if you get the answer wrong, jumping gives you experience and helps you become a better quizzer. Also, quizzing is a lot more fun when you make friends, so do not be afraid to get outside you comfort zone to meet new people from other places." -Emily Benn
"Don't stress out over your first year if you aren't doing well, just enjoy it; it's a lot easier the second year." -Josh Dunbar
"The most important thing for new quizzers is staying motivated. Find incentives to keep studying and you will find yourselves having more fun and meeting more people. Also, learn the memory verses. Its an easy goal and if you can master your jump, I can't tell you how many times memory verse quizzers slide into district and regional teams." -Gabe Randall
"If you're new to quizzing, it can be daunting! Just remember that the whole point is to learn God's Word and have fun. Don't sweat it; just make friends and enjoy the process." -Olivia
"Remember this: Anyone can be good at quizzing. You don't have to be born with some kind of special talent. All you need is a high amount of self-discipline. Find someone you want to be better than, and work hard until you are. More importantly than that, however, is to never forget the reason for this whole ministry. Radiate the love of Jesus to everyone you come in contact with. Go and live out the words you're studying." -Jonathan Acre
And there you have it! By the way, all these teens are at least in their third year of quizzing, have been on regional teams, and have done very well in competition otherwise, so they know what they're talking about :P
Who's excited for the end-of-season tournaments to begin?! I am! :P Not because I want this season to be over, (because it's been great!) but because we're getting into the district finals, and then the regional quiz, where we find out who will be on our regional teams, and then finally the national quiz in Indianapolis!
Pretty intense stuff coming up, but praise God, we are more than conquerors through Him! So until we meet again, happy, happy quizzing! Thanks for reading!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
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Mallory is a sixth-year Teen Bible Quizzer originally from the Southern region, and now in the Northwest, quizzing over the book of John with her three younger siblings. <3
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